November 07, 2009

Ft. Hood

I am very in tune with the horrors that have happened this week at Ft. Hood. I read... I listen...

I'm sick.

I don't post on these things when they happen for a couple reasons.

One, this is my mostly happy place. I vent here about life frustrations which I am also very aware are petty compared to life frustrations to those serving this country. That is never lost on me. My worrying about my children pales in comparison to watching your buddy get blown up or being caught in a fight for your life. Worrying for my children pales in comparison to having to travel to Dover to greet your son or daughter for the last time.

I like to laugh at the chaos that swirls around me. We laugh a lot in this house. Laughing makes the great times seem greater and the hard times... well it takes off the edge.

So at the end of the day, if I can put the words together, this is the place where I come to decompress. I have grown to have warm feelings for my readers, something I think I do not convey enough. I don't know if I can put in words sometimes what it is like here in my home... sometimes I think it is like a comic strip. My Mom and Dad say often that they wonder if people laugh as hard as they do since they know the characters, they know how they move, how they sound. I told them the other day I think they do, because with our imaginations we conjure up the characters.

If not for the bad people out there, I'd put them on Youtube so you could see. But that scares me so I don't.

Y'all can imagine, like you hear Calvin's voice in your head when you read the famous strip. It works.

Two, I don't often post on what goes on such as at Ft. Hood because... I just don't know what to say. The horror runs so deep within me that it truly leaves me speechless. 'Tis better to say nothing if there is nothing you feel can be said. Besides there are far smarter people than I that say it all far better than I ever could, and I quietly lurk and read... and agree. (Sometimes I'm not so quiet on those blogs, Lex in particular, but there is nothing I can add to his posts. So I sit quietly.)

Three, I think I don't blog on events such as Ft. Hood mostly though because I feel so overwhelmed with grief for the families, for the friends, for the soldiers who worked side by side with the fallen. And to the core of my soul I am frightened for my children.

As a commenter said over at one of Lex's posts (one of my favorite reads... for although I do not always agree with his politics tap dead center, I find his writing so well thought out and his thinking so grounded, I take comfort in it) the Muslims need to fix this mess. They disagree with it... they need to fix it.

But they won't.

Which I think may be the crux of what pisses off so many of us. The Muslim community is angry that we lump them together, yet I don't actively see them doing anything to correct what is going on in their countries. If in fact their religion has been hijacked by a minority, why do I not see the majority rising up to revolt and put an end to it once and for all?

Perhaps they are and I'm just not being made aware... our wonderful media may not be reporting on it.

But I suspect they are not. They are the silent majority allowing the minority to run amok.

And for that perhaps I feel less sympathy in lumping them all together.

What is to become of my children? What is to become of this country for my children? My eldest is but four years from being allowed to vote and serve his country should he so choose. What is he inheriting?

As we watch Europe become a Muslim continent... what does that do for my children? What kind of world will they live in with the Godless Russians, the Muslim Europeans, and the ruthless Chinese... who will eventually rule this world again.

That is what I see for my children when they are my age. That is 30 years from now... my eldest will be 44. That is what I see for him.

And it scares me.

Very much.

I do not blog on Ft. Hood because I do not feel... but perhaps because... I feel too much and then cannot make heads or tails enough to make sense.

May God keep the families of our fallen soldiers in the palm of His hands. May they feel our grief for them and know... we are angry, scared, and horrified and we keep them in our prayers.

Posted by Boudicca at November 7, 2009 06:47 PM

"May God keep the families of our fallen soldiers in the palm of His hands. May they feel our grief for them and know... we are angry, scared, and horrified and we keep them in our prayers."

I second that emotion...

Posted by: Yabu at November 8, 2009 09:34 AM

I live a stones throw from Dearborn (the largest Arab population outside of the Middle East) and trust me, they are doing nothing to distingish themselves from the extreme muslims.

Not a peep from the Muslim/Arab communities when things happen except for them to say they fear for their lives that retaliation is going to happen to them (which it never does).

You would think if they want to really distingish themselves from the extremes they would immediately come out and say they condem those that did whatever was done.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at November 8, 2009 11:05 AM

... I hear that one of my blogsons - RSM's cousins was one of the wounded from Ft. Hood.... just an FYI.......

Posted by: Eric at November 8, 2009 08:14 PM

Moderate Muslims don't protest the "hijacking" of their religion for one simple reason: The radicals are the ones who actually believe what the Qur'an says and follow the example of Mohamed. The dirty secret is: Islam has actually been hijacked by those who aren't seeking world domination by any means.

Posted by: Bob at November 8, 2009 11:35 PM

Typical American inslular/parochial 'ignorance'/blind faith.

Russians are Orthodox Christians - more true to the original 'Christian' faith (even during the 70 years of communism)than 'Western' Christians have become!

YOU, Americans, purport to welcome the 'immigrants' like Nidal Malik Hasan. In his case he, as an expert trained by you, was horrified at the casualties - were you? Is it the case that you 'blindly' believe what you are 'fed'? Why is the US there/allowing (how many?)your soldiers to die? For what?


PS - as a Scot, I do not understand the 'tartan' borders on your site?
Boudicca was the wife of Prasutagus, who was head of the Iceni tribe in East England, in what is now Norfolk and Suffolk.
So she was a Sassenach!!!

Posted by: Tom Tracey at November 9, 2009 05:05 PM

Tom- Tsk tsk. Go back from where you came. Spend much time here or do you believe only what you are fed? Who of us purportedly welcome these immigrants? Many of us would like us to close the borders.

Russians are only 15-20% Orthodox. From where do you receive your stats? BTW, they have a nearly equal Muslim population as well... perhaps you were counting that?

As for your questions, get off your high f***ing horse and do some research about my blog on the sidebar. Want to be an asshole? Be one somewhere else. And here, I'll toss you a bone since you seem to be so lazy... I'm a McInnis.

Posted by: Bou at November 9, 2009 05:22 PM

In a way I kind of pity Tom... He had no idea what his ignorance would cost him. Good job above. Unfortunately for Tom he missed a few key facts:

If I'm not mistaken Nidal Malik Hasan was not an immigrant- he was born here (in Arlington, VA to be exact: His parents were the immigrants. HI family has said there is "no justification" for his actions (

I do agree that I have no idea what our soldiers are dying for- but I think I'm at a different level. Were we fighting to actually win the war it would have been over by now.

Posted by: Jody at November 9, 2009 07:30 PM

It probably shouldn't pile on, but I just can't resist.

Tom, the U.S. Army put Major Hasan through medical school. So the Army trained him to heal, not to kill. But it's an understandable mistake for one who lives in the land of socialized medicine -- no doubt in the UK there must be so little difference between cost-cutting medical practice and terroristic rampages.

Posted by: Bob at November 9, 2009 08:59 PM

Bravo, Bob. Bravo.

Posted by: Jody at November 9, 2009 11:26 PM